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Garcia Leads in Early Peruvian Returns


Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia appears to be headed back to the office he held in the 1980's according to exit polls and a sampling of ballots from Peru's runoff presidential election.

Two exit polls and an unofficial count of returns from selected polling places were released after voting ended Sunday afternoon. They show Mr. Garcia with leads ranging from five to nine percentage points ahead of nationalist ex-Army officer Ollanta Humala.

Mr. Garcia's first term as president of Peru ran from 1985 to 1990. It ended with the Peruvian economy in shambles. He assured voters that he learned from his mistakes and would not repeat them.

Mr. Humala won the initial round of voting in April. Analysts have said his campaign may have been hurt by the endorsement of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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